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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.4 (11), pp. 320-325, November 2016
ISSN 2354-4147: International Standard Journal Number (ISJN) e-ISJN: A4372-2604

Evaluation of the Nutrients and Phytochemical Composition of Two Varieties of Monkey Kola Membrane (Cola parchycarpa and Cola lepidota)
Article Number: DRJA87512903

Original Research Article

*1Okudu H. O., 2Ene-Obong H. N., 1Asumugha V. U.  and 1Umoh E. J.

1Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.

2Department of Biochemistry (Nutrition and Dietetics Unit). Faculty of Basic Medical Science. University of Calabar, Calabar. Cross River State, Nigeria.

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date Received: September 16, 2016     date Accepted: October 5, 2016     date Published: October 11, 2016


Monkey kola is a common name given to some edible wild relatives of West African kolanut, viz Cola lateritia K. Schum, C. lepidota K. Schum and C. pachycarpa K. Schum. The yellow and white varieties of monkey kola were collected from the major markets in Calabar (in the South-south zone) and Umuahia (in the South – east zone) Nigeria. C. parchycarpa membrane  had significantly (p<0.05) higher crude protein (15.25-21.6 g/100g), crude fat (0.94-2.66 g/100g), Ca (186 mg/100g), Mg (48.65-79 mg/100g) and P (30.15-32.65 mg/100g), Zn (9.15-10.68 mg/100g), Cu (4.77-7.82mg/100g)  while C.lepidota membrane (mg/100g) had significantly (p<0.05) higher K(127-140.9),Na (32.65-41.75), Fe (8.60-13.49).  β-carotene and vitamin C (928.5 -1003 mcg/100g ; 15.4- 19.5 mg/100g respectively) were found in significant amount in C. parchycarpa membrane than in C.lepidota membrane (444- 462.5 mcg/100g; 9.45-9.75 mg/100g). The B-vitamins, particularly riboflavin and niacin were found in significant amount in monkey kola membrane. Both varieties of monkey kola had substantial amounts of phytochemicals (particularly alkaloids, phenols, flavonoids and saponins). The high phytochemical values obtained in monkey kola seed makes it an important seed that need to be fully exploited.

Key words:  Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota, membrane, Varietal difference, β-carotene, bioactive compounds